tough art residency

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is dedicated to fostering the talent and innovation of artists as experience makers.


Tough Art Residency Program

Created in 2007, the Tough Art artist residency program connects artists from across the spectrum of all the arts to the resources and visitors at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. The residency looks to expand the skills of established and emerging artists, giving them the ability to create work for one of the toughest venues for art: a children’s museum.

Selected artists generate and implement interactive, immersive and/or collaborative projects and connect the art-making process to the larger museum context and the museum visitor. Artists are tasked to make a direct impact on the visitor experience by creating an entirely new piece to be displayed in the Museum. Throughout the residency, artists prototype and evaluate their process to achieve the desired outcome.

2019 Tough Artists

The Museum would like to congratulate the following artists on being selected for the 2019 residency:

Artists will be in residency at the Museum from June-August. Final works of art will be exhibited September 2019- January 2020. 



exhibition/programming proposal submissions

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is always looking for new artists to work with! The expansion of our campus into Museum Lab will provide even more spaces to exhibit and program.

Have a good idea? Click the button below to submit a exhibition and/or programming proposal.

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art in the museum

The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh prides itself on its art collection and work we do with fine artists. We understand the value that the arts have on early childhood development and put great emphasis on being a cultural institution that bridges the gap between children and the fine art world. Check out this page to view artworks currently on display.